Oireachtas members of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly hold informal meeting with the Minister of State for Northern Ireland Conor Burns MP 

Oireachtas Members of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly held an informal meeting with the Minister of State for Northern Ireland Conor Burns MP at Leinster House in Dublin today, Monday August 29th.

Items discussed during the meeting included British-Irish relations, the Northern Ireland Protocol and the Legacy and Reconciliation Bill.

Co-Chair of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA) Deputy Brendan Smith TD said: “The Oireachtas Members of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly had an engaging discussion with Minister Burns on a wide range of issues. We welcome the Minister’s commitment to have future talks on the challenges and opportunities to strengthen our bilateral relationship.”

The next plenary of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly will be held on October 24th and 25th in Co Cavan.

Politicians from all of the UK and Irish legislatures, as well as from the Crown Dependencies; Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man, will gather to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern to the nations represented.

Notes to Editor 

The following Oireachtas BIPA members attended the meeting: Jennifer Carroll MacNeill TD, Sorca Clarke TD, Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee, Senator Martin Conway, John Lahart TD, Senator Vincent P. Martin, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, Neale Richmond TD and Co Chair Brendan Smith TD.

Photo Caption:

Back row (L-R) – Neale Richmond TD, John Lahart TD, Sorca Clarke TD, Senator Martin Conway, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD. Front row (L-R) – Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee, Co-Chair of BIPA Brendan Smith TD, Minister of State for Northern Ireland Conor Burns MP, Jennifer Carroll MacNeill TD. 

29/08/2022

INITIAL APPROVAL FOR MAJOR EXTENSION AT ST CLARE’S COLLEGE, BALLYJAMESDUFF VERY WELCOME NEWS – BRENDAN SMITH T.D.

I welcome the initial approval for a major extension at St. Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff.

For some time I had highlighted to Minister Foley the need to progress this application and this accommodation will enhance considerably the range of educational facilities in St. Clare’s College.

I compliment the Principal, Teresa Donnellan, her staff colleagues, the Board of Management and the Parents’ Association on their work in advancing this project to this stage.

I wish the school community continued success with their work”, stated Brendan Smith TD.

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Initial project approval (0 of 0)
County:Cavan
School Name:St Clares College
Roll Number:61051L
Programme List:Additional School Accommodation Scheme
Project Type:Extension
Delivery Mechanism:Devolved
Project Brief:2 x 88.6m2 science labs & prep area 38.5m2, 1 x 118.6m2 Home Economics room, 1 x 88.6m2 Music room, 1 x 88.6  Textiles Room, 2 Class SEN base,  Toilets for pupils, staff and universal access toilet

Pop up clinics to provide second booster to new cohort across Cavan and Monaghan

24th August 2022

HSE Media Release

Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo

Cavan and Monaghan Covid Vaccination Centres (CVCs), will be providing second booster vaccinations to a new age cohort across Cavan and Monaghan this week.

Vaccines available are:

·       Dose 1, Dose 2 and First booster vaccines for those aged 12 + years

·       Second booster vaccines for those eligible aged 55 + years

·       Second booster vaccines for pregnant women who are 16 weeks and over and have not received a booster previously during their current pregnancy

Geraldine Keenan, Deputy Operational Manager Cavan and Monaghan Vaccination Service We are progressing with the new age cohorts eligible for their second booster vaccines through our pop up clinics. We would ask that those who are eligible please book their appointments online to get a slot that suits them and which will also allow for the smooth running of the pop up clinic.”

Cavan

 Clinics are being held in Ballyjamesduff Old Courthouse, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan as follows:

Date:Time:Age cohort and vaccine type:
  Friday 26th August  11.30am-01.00pm   and   01.45pm-03.15pm  o   Those aged 12 years and over- Dose 1, Dose 2 and First booster   o   Those aged 55+ years and older Second booster o   Pregnant women who are 16 weeks and over and have not received a booster previously during their current pregnancy- Second booster  
  Friday 26th August  10.30 – 11.00pm  o   Children aged 5-11yrs Dose 1, Dose 2 vaccines

 Monaghan

Iontas Centre, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan.  This CVC  is offering vaccination appointments as follows:

Date:Time:Age cohort and vaccine type:
  Thursday 25th August  10.30am-01.00pm   and   01.45pm-03.15pm  o   Those aged 12 years and over- Dose 1, Dose 2 and First booster   o   Those aged 55+ years and older Second booster o   Pregnant women who are 16 weeks and over and have not received a booster previously during their current pregnancy- Second booster  
 

The CVC, located at Monaghan Primary Care Centre, St Davnet’s, Co Monaghan is offering vaccination appointments as follows:

Date:Time:Age cohort and vaccine type:
  Friday 26th August  11.30am-01.00pm   and   01.45pm-03.15pm  o   Those aged 12 years and over- Dose 1, Dose 2 and First booster   o   Those aged 55+ years and older Second booster o   Pregnant women who are 16 weeks and over and have not received a booster previously during their current pregnancy- Second booster  
  Friday 26th August  10.30 – 11.00pm  o   Children aged 5-11yrs Dose 1, Dose 2 vaccines

 A pop up COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held at Carrickmacross Primary Care Centre, Oriel Road, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan and is offering vaccination appointments as follows:

Date:Time:Age cohort and vaccine type:
  Saturday 27th August  10.00am-12.45pm   and   01.30pm-02.45pm  o   Those aged 12 years and over- Dose 1, Dose 2 and First booster   o   Those aged 55+ years and older Second booster o   Pregnant women who are 16 weeks and over and have not received a booster previously during their current pregnancy- Second booster  

Please note that these clinics are by appointment only. Please book an appointment online at www.hse.ie/book  

Brendan Smith welcomes commitment from Minister on Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has welcomed a renewed commitment from the Minister for Health to continue the scheme which enables eligible patients to access healthcare in Northern Ireland.

Deputy Brendan Smith, who had urged the Minister to ensure the Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme has legislative status, commented, “I welcome the Minister’s commitment to a continuation of this new Scheme. The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme enables persons resident in this State to access and be reimbursed for private healthcare in Northern Ireland by the HSE, provided such healthcare is publicly available within Ireland.

“The Minister has informed me that work is progressing to determine the legislative framework necessary to underpin the operation of the NI Planned Healthcare Scheme and an extensive examination of options to inform the drafting of a General Scheme is currently underway. The Minister added that the administrative scheme will remain until such time that a statutory scheme is in place.”

The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme has been in effective operation since 1 January 2021 and is operating on an administrative basis. This Scheme was introduced to mitigate the loss of access to care from private providers in Northern Ireland under the EU Cross Border Directive, which ceased to apply as a result of Brexit.

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Clár Funding approved for Cavan and Monaghan – Brendan Smith TD

Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith welcomes the approval of grant aid for a number of projects in Cavan and Monaghan under the Clár Programme.

“I compliment the various Clubs, Schools and other organisations and #Cavan and #Monaghan Council Councils on submitting successful applications which will result in the enhancement of local facilities. These facilities, catering for different needs and interests, will be beneficial for local communities and visitors to our counties.

This substantial funding is being provided under this government’s Our Rural Future policy which assists and promotes rural development.

10 projects in Co Cavan will receive grant aid totalling €453,419 and 10 projects in Co Monaghan will receive grant aid of €470,954″, stated Brendan Smith TD.

Below are the list of successful applicants

Brendan Smith calls for improved compensation payment levels for cattle and herds depopulated by TB

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has called for an improvement on the compensation payment levels for cattle and herds that are depopulated due to TB.

Speaking in a debate with Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “It is devastating for a farmer when his or her herd has to be partially or totally depopulated. We know that herds are built up over a considerable length of time. There is a big investment and big commitment by the individual farmer, and we do not switch on or off the breeding or development of herds. The current compensation levels do not reflect the reality of the prices paid in marts today.”

In response, Minister McConalogue stated: “I thank Deputy Brendan Smith for raising this issue and for his ongoing advocacy on behalf of the farming community. As part of the work of the TB forum, a dedicated financial working group comprising representatives from my Department and the farming organisations was established 16 months ago to review the current financial model of the TB programme. Its remit includes a review of compensation schemes with respect to all types of bovine herds. Recommendations from the finance working group will be submitted to the TB forum for consideration.”

Cavan and Monaghan TD Brendan Smith urged the Minister to ask the working group to expedite its work, adding: “I have concerns about the compensation being adequate for pedigree cattle. Those of us who were reared on farms and represent rural communities take great pride in looking at quality animals at our shows every year and in visiting individual farmers. I have a concern that valuable pedigree lines could be lost. 

“I know of some individual farmers who win national awards every year and would have a number of substantive pedigree herds. If they are unfortunate enough to have a partial or total depopulation, it will mean financial ruin for them. We need to address that particular matter. I emphasise again that our farmers have built up quality herds over the years. When disease comes into a herd it is, to use a phrase we have often heard, like a death in the family. Farmers take such pride in the work on their farms and in building up herds and having the quality produce we all champion in this country. We talk about the quality of the food we export to so many countries throughout the world. We need to ensure the primary producer is adequately compensated to meet all costs.”

Minister McConalogue confirmed that he had asked that all of the work be completed as quickly as possible, explaining: “The working group will meet at the end of this month and I look forward to progress being made there. Overall, we can take heart from the fact that by everyone working together in the TB forum and by agreeing the new TB strategy, we are making progress. We can make real progress on that in the time ahead by coming together and working together. The financial aspects of that are important and the finance working group is considering those in detail. It will produce its report very soon and I am looking forward to that.”

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FUNDING FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION FACILITIES – BRENDAN SMITH T.D.

“I welcome the allocation of more than €500,000 for the development of a number of outdoor adventure projects in Cavan and Monaghan under the government’s Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

Eight projects in County Cavan will receive total grant-aid of €212,075 and nine projects in County Monaghan will benefit with total funding of €291,330.

These projects will enhance existing outdoor recreation facilities and help to develop new amenities which will be an important resource for local communities and visitors to our region.  Easy access to outdoor amenities in every community is beneficial for all age groups.

I compliment Cavan County Council, Monaghan County Council, Monaghan Integrated Development and local community groups who worked together to bring these projects to this stage.  The commitment of local community groups throughout both counties, such as Bawnboy Tidy Towns Committee in their work in advancing the Bawnboy Heritage Trail, is critical to the success of this scheme” stated Brendan Smith TD.

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AUGUST 3 2022

Brendan Smith: Urgent need to protect farming and agri-food sector 

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has reiterated his call for the government to ensure that farming and the agri-food sector are not adversely impacted by sectoral emissions targets.

Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “It is essential that the importance of this sector in its very sizable contribution to the national economy and also its role in food security are taken fully into account in all assessments in relation to emissions reductions.” 

The Cavan and Monaghan TD added: “Over many years a very modern and progressive farming and agri-food sector has been developed with very significant investment by the State, the European Union and by the farming community.  

“Our farming systems and food production are environmentally friendly and sustainable and their role in food production and food security should not in any way be underestimated,” concluded Deputy Smith.

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Finished Ulster Canal redevelopment will ‘considerably enhance’ tourism as Phase 2 contracts signed – Brendan Smith 

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has lauded the signing of contracts for Phase 2 of the Ulster Canal Redevelopment, adding that the finished project will “considerably enhance” local tourism.

Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “This project includes the development of a new Marina, two new access bridges and the provision of an amenity area, restoration of 1km of canal and development of a looped walk. These substantial works which will begin shortly will be completed in 2023.”

The Cavan and Monaghan TD continued: “The recent announcement by the Taoiseach of a further €40 million for Phase 3 of the Restoration of the Ulster Canal is critical in advancing this entire project which will also be funded through the Department of Housing, Heritage and Local Government and the Department of Rural and Community Development.

“The restoration of the Ulster Canal is a major cross border project which will considerably enhance our tourism product at a local level, providing a new amenity for local residents and visitors, will generate economic activity and assist in job creation. This waterway will also be an integral part of our All Ireland navigable inland waterways network which is a powerful natural resource and such a key part of our national tourism infrastructure and attraction.”

Deputy Smith added: “In this area we have all seen the benefits of developing the Erne/Shannon Waterway which was an extremely forward-looking project and undertaken at a very difficult time on our island in the early 1990s.  Linking up these waterways will be a further welcome tourism attraction bringing benefits to many parts of our island.  

“The very significant funding allocated under the Shared Island Fund, initiated by the Taoiseach, demonstrates clearly the potential of this initiative to develop cross-border and All Ireland projects for the benefit of all the people of this country. The border region will be a major beneficiary of such investment,” concluded Brendan Smith TD.

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Letter drop to Residents of New Rd Bailieborough, 25-07-22

                                                                                                25th July 2022

Re: Junction Tightening and New Footpath Works

New Road & Church Street, Bailieborough

Dear Resident,

This letter is to advise you in advance of essential development works at the junction of R165 Church Street and New Road. The works include a raised pedestrian crossing, reducing the width of existing junction to reduce traffic speeds and create a safer crossing point for pedestrians and school children. The public footpath from the zebra crossing to the entrance gate of the Church of Ireland will also be reconstructed and widened. The works will be funded under the  National Transport Authority’s Active Travel Scheme.

The appointed contractor is S. Wilkin & Sons Limited, is anticipated to commence works in early August. Works are expected to last for approximately three weeks. Whilst every effort will be made to minimize disruption, there may be some unavoidable disruptions to local residents in the course of these works.

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We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during these essential works. If you have any questions or comments about the scheme, please feel free to contact us.

Bailieborough-Cootehill Municipal District   

c.c. BB-CH MD Cllrs